Switzerland-based systems manufacturer Oerlikon Barmag is a solutions provider of efficient production processes. The new systems that will be commissioned over this year are primarily focused on the Asian region; however, Oerlikon is experiencing huge demand for industrial yarn systems from producers in Europe due to the comparably high margins and specialized areas of application. Customers are asking for products that offer an interesting margin, such as specialties and industrial yarns.
The company’s current machine concepts for industrial fine-titer nylon yarns allow it to offer configurations that are specifically tailored to the product requirements of the end application of these yarns, such as tents, tarpaulins, parachutes, etc. The focus of the machine design is both on the product quality of the yarns in typical titer ranges of between 20 and 70 den and on production efficiency and, above all, on the optimization of the conversion costs.
The market for industrial yarns is continuing to diversify and develop very much in line with specific end applications. The rising demand for so-called high-performance tires is resulting in both increased demand for PET HMLS yarns and in greater output of PA66 yarns for use in cap ply. The vast majority of the additional output of polyester and polyamide yarns will be deployed in the automotive sector (airbags, safety belts, tire cord).